NEW YORK (AP / CBSNewYork) – The Muslim leader who had been behind a controversial mosque near the World Trade Center site is praising President Barack Obama following the death of Osama bin Laden.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, of the planend Park 51 complex, said Monday that Obama’s actions help support “people in the Arab world who are also fighting against terrorism by their own rulers.”

Rauf said bin Laden’s death can bring “closure and healing around 9/11.”

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In March, Rauf and his wife, activist Daisy Khan, said they were pursuing other avenues for an Islamic community center and mosque following a rift with the project’s developer. He said Monday that discussions with various people interested in a multi-faith center were continuing. He’s not sure where it will be.

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The developer says he still plans a center near Ground Zero.

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Comments (5)
  1. Willy says:

    Hey “Pal”, I’m sure there enough goons from bklyn looking to make a buck.

  2. Josh says:

    His comments don’t change the fact that he doesn’t consider Hamas a terrorist organization. Imam Rauf is a slimey, deadbeat landlord.

    1. Willy says:

      It’s actually the wizard look-a-like Semites in that area who are the slumlords.

  3. brooklyn4ever says:

    Yeah, good luck with your center pal. Hope you have a lot of your own that are in construction cause I doubt you’ll find any American to even lay down one brick.

    1. KPMc says:

      Somehow I highly doubt that. If they are paying wages construction workers will be there… as they should.

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